Fishery is an essential part of Australia’s economy. In the 90’s consumption of seafood in Perth alone amounts to 14.7 kilograms per capita. In Sydney, this number increases to 15.1 kilograms. In seafood consumption in Melbourne is about 12.5 kilograms per capita. According to the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre, the seafood industry is one of the most valuable food-based industries of the country. From the industry has a gross value of production of approximately two million dollars.

Seafood Production and Composition

In the entire commonwealth area, Tasmania contributes 22% of the gross value generated from the seafood industry. Western and Southern Australia falls third and second place with 20% and 21% shares respectively. The country’s fishing zone is one of the largest across the globe, with an area of about 11 million square kilometers. Despite this vast size, however, the country only lands 52nd in terms of the volume of seafood production. Australia markets seafood products mainly for human consumption. But they also have non-edible products, including fish meal and pearls. Like other countries, Australia’s seafood goods include those from aquaculture production, and wild catch.

Most Important Species from the Country

From to statistics showed that sardines has the biggest share in the market, with approximately 34,000 tones traded and imported. Salmonids, such as trout’s and salmons, came in second with about 25,500 tones. Prawns with 22,400 tones, tuna with 14,700 tones, and rock lobster with 13,800 came in 3rd, 4th, and 5th places. When it comes to revenue, however, rock lobster takes the first place, generating about $407 million in the same year. Salmonids still came in second with a generated estimated value of $299 million.

Rockin’ with Southern Rock Lobster

Fishing southern rock lobster is an essential industry in the country. Australia exports about 4,000 tones of this product yearly to Asia, specifically, Japan, Hong Kong, and China. Just as other economies in Australia have adapted an environmentally sustainable approach, so has the southern rock lobster industry. In 2004, industry members attended training to highlight their “clean green” qualifications. Lobster is a healthy seafood product that contains good amounts of Omega-3 oil. This substance carries essential fatty acids, namely docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Having good levels of fatty acids can help you avoid cancer, including breast cancer, and heart diseases.

Keeping it True with Southern Bluefin Tuna

Organizations consider commercial tuna farming a new player in the fishing industry, as it started only about 20 years ago. You’ll find tuna ranching at port Lincoln, in southern Australia. Catching season falls between December and March, when there’s a huge catch along the Great Australian Bight area. As a medium flavored flesh, many prefer southern Bluefin tuna for sushi and sashimi.

Enjoying Seafood Festivals

Want to taste Australia’s freshest catch? Visit the country in April for Kangaroo Island Seafood Festival or December of Tasmania’s Taste Festival. The Kangaroo Island Seafood Festival highlights the island’s finest seafood produce and local gourmet items. Events include seafood barbecues, campfire cooking, and dining events.